Real Madrid will be looking to record their first La Liga win of the new season when they head to Seville this weekend to take on Real Betis.
Los Blancos started their 2020-21 campaign with a goalless draw at Real Sociedad on September 20, while Betis have recorded two wins from their two league games this term to sit second in the table.
Real Madrid travel to Real Betis on Saturday (8 PM kick-off) aiming to pick up their first win of the new season after a disappointing opening day in La Liga.
Betis have made an impressive start to their 2020-21 season, opening with a 1-0 victory at Alaves on September 13 before recording a 2-0 home success over Real Valladolid last weekend.
Betis will be without the services of Dani Martin, Victor Camarasa and Francis Guerrero through injury, while Andres Guardado remains a doubt for the home side.
Fekir picked up a knock against Valladolid, which led to his withdrawal in the second period, but the Frenchman should be fit to continue in the starting XI this weekend.
It would not be a surprise to see Pellegrini select the same side that started last weekend, with Joaquin and Sergio Canales also supporting Fekir and Borja Iglesias in the final third of the field.
As for Madrid, Zidane could again be without a number of key players, which was also the case against Sociedad.
Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio have both made progress in their recoveries from ankle and knee injuries respectively, but it seems unlikely that either player will be in the starting XI on Saturday night.
Mariano Diaz is definitely out as he recovers from tonsil surgery, but Eder Militao, Isco and Lucas Vazquez could all be involved in some capacity, having stepped up their recoveries on the training field.
Odegaard is also available after a coronavirus scare, but the Norway international could drop out of the XI for this match, allowing Casemiro to feature alongside Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield.
Karim Benzema, meanwhile, should again lead the line with support from Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes, although Isco would be an option for one of the forward positions if he can prove his fitness.
Andres Guardado remains sidelined for Betis, but Nabil Fekir has recovered from a knock. As for Madrid, Eden Hazard isn’t quite ready to return from an ankle injury.
Where to watch Real Betis vs Real Madrid on TV:
- UK: LaLigaTV
- US: beIN SPORTS
Real Betis vs Real Madrid previous line-ups:
- Real Betis (vs Valladolid): Bravo; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Fekir, Joaquin, Canales; Borja Inglesias
- Real Madrid (vs Sociedad): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Kroos; Rodrygo, Odegaard, Vinicius; Benzema.
Real Betis La Liga form: WW
Real Madrid La Liga form: D
Real Betis vs Real Madrid Predicted Lineups
Real Betis Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Claudio Bravo (GK); Emerson, Aissa Mandi, Marc Bartra, Alex Moreno; Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho; Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales, Joaquin; Borja Iglesias
Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois (GK); Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Martin Odegaard; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Real Betis form guide: W-W-W-W-W
Real Madrid form guide: W-W-D-L-D